Central Florida firm gets invite to conference for its space debris solution

Central Florida firm gets invite to conference for its space debris solution

As the U.S. and rest of the world see more satellites launched into space, they face obstacles other generations have not. As more objects launch, more become space debris, floating around, taking up, well, space. It’s a problem the U.S....
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Archer moves toward drone deployment for medical supply delivery

Archer moves toward drone deployment for medical supply delivery

Gordon Folkes started his Orlando company Archer First Response Systems to use drones in new ways.  Thanks to a partnership with Tampa General Hospital, he has started to execute that plan. Archer could soon be delivering medical supplies to those...
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Opinion: Pitch night a much- needed collaboration as Orlando tech seeks new ‘normal’

Opinion: Pitch night a much- needed collaboration as Orlando tech seeks new ‘normal’

I need to get two things out of the way . Drive-in Pitch Night had its flaws. Also, it did not show that pitch nights were “better than ever,” as the Meetup.com invitation boasted. I mean, pitch nights represent my...
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Epic grant helps Talon, partners cross funding gap on VR

Epic grant helps Talon, partners cross funding gap on VR

Orlando tech company Talon Simulations has been working in VR for several years. But CEO Brandon Naids says being on that cutting edge can present a challenge when trying to raise money. They need funding to build but investors often...
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Organizers say Drive-in Pitch Night will return; Home Lending Pal wins first competition

Organizers say Drive-in Pitch Night will return; Home Lending Pal wins first competition

Lana Udalov received a, well, different response to her business pitch Friday night. As she finished her presentation on her hotel management startup HKeeper, a chorus of cars in a downtown Orlando parking lot honked their horns in approval. Udalov...
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Orlando’s Talon Simulations lands grant from video game giant Epic Games for VR

Orlando’s Talon Simulations lands grant from video game giant Epic Games for VR

An Orlando VR company has landed part of a grant from one of the video game industry’s biggest firms. Talon Simulations announced this week a partnership with haptic glove manufacturer BeBop Sensors on a grant from Epic Games. Epic developed...
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The seven startups pitching at Drive-in Pitch Night on Friday

The seven startups pitching at Drive-in Pitch Night on Friday

A small semblance of normality – albeit in an altered state – returns Friday when seven local startups participate in Drive-in Pitch Night. The event will give young companies a chance to share what they are working on and receive...
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Orlando-area seed investment group finalizes founders, seeks to invest in local startups

Orlando-area seed investment group finalizes founders, seeks to invest in local startups

An investment fund that has put money into a handful of Florida tech companies – including one in Orlando – has its initial founding group. The 14 founding members of SeedFundersOrlando include several entrepreneurs with early stage business experi...
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Orlando storage startup led by Marriott, House of Blues veteran relaunches after pandemic-driven delay

Orlando storage startup led by Marriott, House of Blues veteran relaunches after pandemic-driven delay

Dustin Gimbel says he has some “startup idea skeletons” in his closet. Many entrepreneurs do. But he says ideas that do not pan out often contribute to the next idea. “You say, ‘Why didn’t this work?’” Gimbel said. “Then you...
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Orlando-built device would enhance privacy, security in smart devices

Orlando-built device would enhance privacy, security in smart devices

Adam Bellas paid close attention to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal around the collection and use of people’s private data. As a systems architect for multiple businesses including, at one point, Full Sail University, privacy has become something of...
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